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Should Dancehall Artistes Be Charged For Using Expletives on Stage?


Since the start of this year several artistes have faced the court for using expletives on stage during their performance. Most dancehall insiders think it’s insane to charge artistes for using expletives as dancehall events are adult shows and artistes should not be held responsible for patrons who bring kids at these events.

Mrs. Lynval, Age: 33
"I ‘m not a hundred percent with the idea of charging the artistes for using expletives on stage but sometimes I think they need to tone it down and try to find creative ways of expressing themselves".

Rodriquez Smith, 28 - vendor
"The government should look into the issue because these words that are not permitted to use in Jamaica on stage are frequently used curse words on shows overseas and no one gets charged. Words like b*mb*claat, r*ssclaat are made up words, I have no problem with those, but when they are going to use f**k, p*ssyh*le during there performance then they should be charged for using those words because that’s what you called international curse words".

Delroy Sharp Age: 33 - high school teacher
“I can understand where cursing has its place in the stage show environment as most of the time it serves as a means of expression and also ‘hypes’ up the crowd. As with anything else, I think there is an appropriate place and time, so it should not be done out of context of even focused on someone. At the end of the day adults should be able to enjoy themselves to the fullest in an adult environment".

Courtney AKA Mixer, Age: 24
"I don’t see the reason for charging the artistes them for using curse words on stage. It’s not like when they used an expletive someone will die by cursing those words. A next thing the promoters need to enforce strict rules that no kids should enter these venues. Remember its called stage show not a reggae festival it’s totally two different things".

Sashawna Williams Age: 21 - Cosmetologist
“I don’t think that bad offensive language should be banned from stage shows because it is a big people crowd. If two big people are in a room they are free to curse as they please, so what is the difference with a stage show if all the people are adults in the audience? A lot of these police who lock off and fight against these events are hypocrites because nuff times I hear them same one cursing too. They just love to fight poor people!”


Comments (32)


Posted by STEPPA | August 13, 2008 12:46 PM

Ridiculous, wake up Jamaica. This is 2008 and you are still charging Artists to express themselves openly. You have b*tty man a run all over Jamaica and you want Artist to keep quit about it. Stop the nonsense.

Posted by gracey | August 13, 2008 12:55 PM

I gree that they parents must left dem pickney a di yard if yuh nuh have no one to keep them then stay home because that's why the police charging the entertainers for using expletives because it's their job to protect what the kids hear

Posted by machine01 | August 13, 2008 1:08 PM

diss is a bag of bullsh*t straight ,bumbocl''t,rasscl''t is apart of our culture, besides it's grown people who suppose to go to dem shows to ,everybody know or cuss badwords so i dont see the problem,when u hav shows like oldies u can se wid dat,diss is dancehall it's raw,hardcore,if dem caan deal wid it dem fe leave it straight

Posted by Crazy | August 13, 2008 1:25 PM

babylon need fi free up and low di artistes dem fi express themselves, fire bun pon hypocrite babylon

Posted by jerry-23 | August 13, 2008 1:58 PM

it's a stupid law because why lock them up sometimes for cursing and then another time you let them go, the cops used this law to hype on the artiste

talk the tings:
Posted by talk the tings | August 13, 2008 2:10 PM

the is stupid these police have nothing to do what about the gays in jamaica that sexing away off the little boys dem what happen to the girl that got gun down in half way tree in the bright day light, the police dem nuh have nothing fe do so dem pick up the artiste dem fe pick on, while jamaica crime rate is going up.

Posted by simone | August 13, 2008 2:21 PM

all of you talking about letting these illiterate artistes going around on staging cursing as they like you all need to hell with them. we cannot have our kids growing up on these kind angry behavior, maybe the reason most of you agreeing with them cursing it's because uhnu nuh have no responsibilities and no kids to grow up properly again these artistes are illiterate because they can only express themselves with expletives

Posted by wancho | August 13, 2008 2:32 PM

some people jus lyk 2 see the artist goin down dem nah lyk fi see dem succeed.....Me nah see no reason fi arrest de artist wen dey use the language pon de stage deh......

Posted by Sister Kerry | August 13, 2008 2:40 PM

No, Simone, most of our Dancehall/Reggae Acts are not illiterate! You are very wrong.Most of them are quite intelligent, if you give yourself, the chance to ever listen keenly to some of their lyrics!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2008 2:46 PM

I have no problem with an artiste using expletives. First of all no kids are not allowed and secondly no Christians should be there. Talking about charging them, why don't the police go and find something worthwhile to do? They are charging the artistes but on the other hand who in Jamaica can use expletives like the police?

If i were the artistes i would tell the police more expletives when they want to charge me. They need to go and cut down the crime rate and leave the frigging artistes alone. Mi Done Chat!

Posted by Cassandrs | August 13, 2008 3:03 PM

I don't think that is relevant because if that's the way they can express themselves at least they are not stealing or murdering anybody

Posted by Simone | August 13, 2008 3:24 PM

sister kerry the law is the law and they must abide by the law who they to believe they must not obey the law and I hope the government will raise the penalty bar higher instead of just having them paying a few dollars

Alliance Fi Pay:
Posted by Alliance Fi Pay | August 13, 2008 3:40 PM

i didn't want to pin point out any one but bounty killer is one of the main reasons why we need laws like these him damn mouth too dutty every ten words here comes expletives

Posted by jazzy | August 13, 2008 3:52 PM

all these artiste have money and okay inna a life so if them know that if them curse on stage and they will get charged and pay a fine then that's what they want mi nuh business about them on the bad words but if mi have momney i am not going to put my self in positions that will cost me to spend foolishly

Posted by sweet thing | August 13, 2008 4:06 PM

this is a personal topic especially like how my baby kartel is involve,
for those who calling illiterate, kartel is like the most intellectual artist in jamaica,

an adult show is a show where adult over the age of 18 goes to and anything big ppl thing can be display,
wat the different it play on cd, dance even in ppl car when being in traffic, so wat the deal here,
wat we need to do as parents is monitor our children listening device as much as possible, we can protect but remember kids will always be kid influence by friends and going out of there way, to do 'wrong than good' so b4 u blame artist try as a parent to do ur part.

socially concious:
Posted by socially concious | August 13, 2008 4:08 PM

Simone, with all of the extortion and murders happening in Jamaica, some of which is committed by the same police force. I think they have better things to do than to take the time and effort to attend stage shows just so they can monitor if a dancehall artist is going to use abusive language. That time would be better spent in garrisons trying to stop a escalating murder rate, or even policing its own force so they stop extorting money from citizens that are already victimized.

Posted by curtis | August 13, 2008 4:29 PM

the government of jamaica is not doing nothing for the music, oh i ma wrong of course they doing something for the music helping the gays to get rid of our own culture, they turned off our parties early, they attacked the entertainers for cursing at adult shows. we need back a change

Posted by Kavelle | August 13, 2008 4:34 PM

this is bullsh*t, we have more control over what our children listen to on the radio or preventing them from going to stage shows than stopping them from hearing curse words in movies, so I guess if we are going to target our entertainers then we need to target the movie theaters.

double standard:
Posted by double standard | August 13, 2008 4:35 PM

i have made several trips to the states and i heard dancehall playing with bad words and no one gets upset, but as soon as the same little dutty hypocrite jamaicans them get home them fight the music

Posted by Can | August 13, 2008 5:06 PM

1 & 2 expletives I don't mind, but could do without. What irritates me is when the DJs start some long-tongue cussing argument & waste my money when all I went to the show to see is their performance. I don't want to hear about no fisheenie or other foolishness that will end with police taking the artiste off stage before their performance time is over. If you are a good performer you really dont need to use expletives, as several of our excellent performers have proven. I think most of them use expletives as an appeal tactic becuz really & truly they lack the talent to go on stage & perform a clean show.

Nice & Clean:
Posted by Nice & Clean | August 13, 2008 8:15 PM

the top expletive cursing artist are; int he #5 we have the might strong energy god to be truthful I can't remember him cursing anywayz at #4 is beenie man him curse it every now and then but most time him have the audience to curse it for him --- in #3 we have mr bleacha from portmore vybz kartel him love used a whe di bl**dclaat dis and a wha happen to dem p*ssy deh ---- at #2 aka #few is di gully creature mavado him get this spot because him affi to live up to the foot steps of him daddy bounty killer. And the #1 spot is easy we all know it would have been bounty killer dis curse bad words like when a woman a curse har men fi child support money ---- clean up uhnu stage acgt but before that happen you guys will need to clean up the music

Posted by Foxy | August 13, 2008 8:31 PM

Like a badwud a mash up Jamaica some a uno need fi stop and check uno self.........

Everytime Beenie Man fans dem just dine fi call up Killa name so mi know sey uno bad mind ...and just love run off uno sh*t each his own and if yu no like when dem cuss dont go to the shows, my thing is yall talking bout kids, monitor you damm kids, ohhh and like worst stuff dan wad wud cussing no dey pon CABLE and INTERNET, get the f out ere yall all the Bounty hates.

Dr Dre:
Posted by Dr Dre | August 13, 2008 9:19 PM

Yow di thing sticky bad. I don't think police should charge artistes for expletives once it is agreed that it is a 18 and over audience. What I think police should start charging some of these artistes for is going onstage and behaving like a sissy

Posted by southy | August 13, 2008 10:15 PM

de police dem need fi lock up de artiste dem weh a go pon stage and a indulge inna long c**ky chatting pon people money. pon a serious note dough police jus a look notice. dem always a use badwud to people

Posted by bliss | August 13, 2008 10:26 PM

Artist and stand up performers overseas use all kinds off curses at there shows and nothing comes out of it, if the want curses to stop it should be a world wide issue as to seeing that only dancehall artist are being charged for such words, and if not, people should mine there own business, concentrate on crime and human rights.

Posted by lotivia | August 14, 2008 12:11 AM

i don't have a problem with expletives at stage but some of the artiste curse them as if expletives are the only words there is in the world please cool down pon the expletives or if its going to always be apart of your performance guh learn how to curse them in spanish or chinese, lol

Posted by DISGRUNTLED | August 14, 2008 11:34 AM

Unnuh can just lock up Rodney (Bounty Killer) alone for being a pop dung artiste, and leave the others once the show is an adult thing. OK let me retract that since I will attract lots of enemies with a comment like that. Seriously - I think artistes shouldn't be locked up for expletives once it is agreed that it is adult only & the event is staged in a proper venue.

Posted by machine01 | August 14, 2008 12:20 PM

yow aista kerry bless up me luv how u set simone straight cause is people like dat talk things bout dancehall and it's artist because majority of them dont even listen half the songs,although vybz kartel dj bout so much pum pum the bredda intelligent bad,simone go listen few vybz kartel song and tell me if de bredda illiterate then me we know if u hav sense

Posted by ms_babykay20 | August 14, 2008 2:54 PM

no they shouldn't be charge for nonsense and dumbness to my beliefs i think dats jus str8 up petty..

esworth williams:
Posted by esworth williams | August 14, 2008 5:27 PM

though not a dancehall fan.i think they should not be.the time these persons perform kids should not be out at that hours,if they are i can bet you they know more than the dj's

Posted by denzil | August 14, 2008 10:13 PM

Di time weh dem a tek fi lock up artist dem fi go luk fi di gun man wah k*ll dem r*ss and sort out dem corruption self. Dem b*mbo wole

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